- Repartee is fast-paced, witty conversation.
Fast-paced dialogue between hosts of a great, clever and funny talk show is an example of repartee.
- a quick, witty reply
- a series of such rejoinders
- skill in making witty replies
Origin: Fr repartie, feminine past participle of repartir, to return quickly a thrust or a blow, reply from re-, back plush partir (L partire), to part
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- A swift, witty reply.
- Conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts. See Synonyms at wit1.
Origin: French repartie, from feminine past participle of repartir, to retort, from Old French, to retort, to depart again : re-, re- + partir, to depart (from Latin partīre, to divide, from pars, part-, part; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots).